New Flights from Manchester Airport to Boost Alps Ski Popularity

Posted on 11 May 2012

The budget airline is to launch new flights from Manchester airport to Grenoble in France, and will begin operating from 16 December this year until mid-April next year.

This should be a popular addition to current routes to ski destinations which include Geneva, Salzburg and Chambery. Grenoble is used as a gateway to a number of popular ski resorts which include Alpe D’Huez and Les Deux Alpes, and the Three Valleys. What’s more it’s the first time has offered this service to skiers in the North-West. The flights leave Manchester in the morning, meaning people can be on the slopes the same day, making it ideal for shorter breaks.

Grenoble is often referred to as being the capital of the Alps, as it’s located right at the foot of the French Alps where the rivers Isere and Drac converge, and there are no less than 200 ski resorts within easy access. It’s surrounded by mountains, but ironically is one of the flattest cities in France. It is a very lively city as its home to four universities and is renowned for its science centre as well as its excellent snow conditions during the winter months. The nearest ski resort is just a 30 minute drive away.

Around 90% of the property in Grenoble is apartments, with the most desirable, and expensive area being the historic centre of the city. However property just outside the city offers much better value for money. In spite of worries over the global economy, the property market in Grenoble is generally pretty stable, and correctly priced homes have little trouble finding buyers.